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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2005 - ט' בחשון, תשס"ו
 
 

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Extracts from an address by Maurice Ostroff at a  Machal Function on November 2, 2005 

(Machal is the Hebrew acronym for volunteers from abroad who served in the 1948 Israel War of Independence)
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We who were there in 1948 and know the facts, have a duty to correct the damaging distortions being perpetrated by Israel's new historians. For example, Ilan Pappe of Haifa University, accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing in 1948. Noam Chomsky portrays Israel as a terrorist state similar to Nazi Germany and Norman Finkelstein, is described by The Washington Post as a writer celebrated by neo-Nazi groups for comparing Israel to Nazi Germany

There are others, such as, Avi Shlaim and Benny Morris. it is not their claims to reveal the truth, which are objectionable. It is their unbalanced distortions.

The influence, which these academics exert on a very wide range of opinion makers cannot be overestimated e.g. the Guardian ranks Chomsky with - believe it or not - Marx, Shakespeare, and even the Bible as one of the ten most quoted sources in the humanities.

To illustrate how these new historians are used as tools by our enemies I refer the late Professor Edward Said, that celebrated voice of the Palestinians. You will remember him as the guy who was photographed throwing stones into Israel across the Lebanese border?

In an interview Sai'd said that as he had become convinced that a military victory over Israel was not possible, he looked to these new historians, the academics I am talking about, to do the job.

Dr. Yoram Hazony, describes how these "new historians" blame all the suffering of Palestinians on Jewish aggression, terror, and hunger for power. Hazony writes ''the state need not be defeated militarily to be defeated utterly. The entire job may be done on the battleground of ideas.''

The new historians teach that in 1948 Israel was the Goliath with superior numbers and weapons. But we know we were invaded by five armies in a Holy War to drive us into the sea, including the British trained Jordanian Legion, the well equipped Egyptian army, navy and air force and the armies of Lebanon, Iraq and Syria.

And we know how desperate and badly equipped we were. That our total population of only 600,000 included women, children and the elderly and that tragically 6,000 were killed in the War, not to mention the seriously wounded.  We know that many of our troops were untrained newcomers, who had survived the death camps, only to be thrown directly into battle.

On page 7 of his latest book, Benny Morris explains that in that book
 What Jews did to Arabs, including massacres, played a role;
What Arabs did to Jews was barely relevant.
In other words, Arab actions, which triggered Israeli responses, were ignored as irrelevant.

In my opinion this is unforgivable. I believe historians of integrity are obliged to examine and record ALL relevant source materials no matter where they may lead, so that events may be seen in their proper context.

These new historians ignore the facts of how Israel reacted to Arabs who stayed neutral in 1948 - such as the village of Abu Ghosh. In an article in the Jerusalem Post in 1997, Sam Orbaum quoted Mohammed Abu Ghosh as saying "What we did, we did for Abu Ghosh, for nobody else." "Others who lost their land, hated us then, but now all over the Arab world, many people see we were right. "If everyone did what we did, there'd be no refugee problem." "And if we were traitors? Look where we are, look where they are."

In an unguarded moment, Prof. Avi Shlaim, told Haaretz,the job of the historian is to judge. A simple sentence - but with serious implications.

I believe that rather than impose judgment, the task of the historian is to present the facts and let the reader judge. I quote a few examples to illustrate how their self-admitted preconceived opinions render some of these new historians unqualified to judge objectively. By preconceived, I mean opinions formed before examining the relevant facts.

When Shlaim, tells the world that Dayan and Ben-Gurion were the source of all evil and that Ben-Gurion was a wicked man, we must ask to what extent Shlaim's judgment is clouded by the fact that, since his childhood in Baghdad, Israel has looked to him like an "Ashkenazi trick" of which he doesn't feel a part. Yes, that is exactly what Shlaim recently told Haaretz.

Chomsky's work is equally prone to being colored by psychological baggage. He told the Guardian that he has opposed a Jewish state since his childhood, a preconceived view that must inevitably prevent an unbiased interpretation of events.

Nor can Finkelstein's background instill confidence. He relates "The tales of Holocaust survivors - all concentration camp inmates, all heroes of the resistance - were a special source of wry amusement in my home " and that his mother (a holocaust survivor herself), would ask "if everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one, who did Hitler kill?"

These academics are entitled to their opinions. Their sin is to present them as factual. They also present as fact, their opinions that Israel never wanted peace and that the Arab leaders are the ones who remained with outstretched arms. Incredibly, their strong prejudices prevent them from acknowledging not only Israel s attempts to negotiate peace, but even the infamous three noes resolution of Arab leaders in Khartoum in August 1967; "no peace, no recognition of Israel and no negotiation?"

One can readily understand the reactions of well meaning persons whose perceptions of Israel are based on the damming MIS-information, which they are fed by these academics.  The consequences are that even erstwhile friends are influenced to support divestment and boycott programs.

It is unforgivable that none of these experts who researched the independence war, have bothered to interview people who were there and able to tell about 1948 as it was.

We Jews are often accused of being paranoid but there is much truth in the maxim. "Just because you're paranoid - doesn't mean they aren't after you".

I rest my case
Two of the founders of the Israel Air Force, Smoky Simon,  deputy Chief of Air Operations on the left and Sid Cohen who commanded 101 Squadron on the right. Maurice Ostroff is  in the center.

Read more articles by Maurice Ostroff

 

 
     
 
 
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